Barbara Block

2012 Laureate, Applied Technology
United States, Born 1958

Project Goal

Track marine predators and protect the oceans

Location: United States

One of the world’s leading marine scientists, Barbara Block demonstrates tireless determination and inventiveness, pushing forward technology, as well as collaborating with other disciplines to transform ocean research.

Her commitment goes beyond the science, however, since she has applied her expertise to critical worldwide conservation issues such as the sustainable management of commercial tuna fisheries. Her work stems from a strong desire to preserve the oceans and foster their care, encouraging the public to change consumption behaviour and influence policies. Block’s commitment to public engagement was evident when she helped her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium bring a school of bluefin tuna behind glass so that 2 million people a year could see the beauty of their form, colour and locomotion.

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